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  • Comparing Glass and Plastic Carboys: Expert Advice

    Comparison of glass and plastic carboys

    The Question I Hear at Least Once Per Day: Glass or Plastic?

    For years, homebrewers and wine makers have fiercely debated on whether to use plastic or glass carboys during fermentation. I’m going to warn you now: if you are looking for a definitive answer, you are going to be disappointed. There are pros and cons to both. I will lay them all out, and you, mighty homebrewer, will have to decide the best choice for yourself.

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  • Hard Apple Cider Recipe


    Apple Cider: A Brief History

    Hard apple cider is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages on the planet. The first written history of cider begins with Julius Caesar himself in 55 B.C. It was recorded to be one of his favorite drinks. However, apple cider did not gain serious popularity until the 1600s, when William Blackstone came to the Americas and planted the first apple orchards (English settlers were disappointed to find only crabapples upon arrival). It continued to be a staple beverage with early colonial Americans until it exploded in popularity in the 1800s. The Industrial Revolution saw many fresh water sources became contaminated, and for a time, hard apple cider became safer to drink than water. Then by the early 1900s, cider all but disappeared as prohibition picked up speed in the United States. Cider was nearly forgotten in the United States until the 18th amendment was repealed, and did not come back into popularity until the early 1980s.

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  • Charizard Chipotle Pepper Porter

    I never played Pokémon as a kid. Ever since I met my husband, I’ve teased him a bit for playing it when he was younger. Sometimes I like to him intentionally obnoxious questions just to annoy him:
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  • When Summer is Here, It's Time for beer!

    5 of Our Favorite Summer Brews
    (and 5 of Our Favorite Beer Kits to Try This Summer)

    Summer is just around the corner, and that means something a little different for everyone. Summer is letting your kids run through the sprinklers, catching a baseball game, watching fireworks in your back yard, chilling out by the pool - and sometimes - endless amounts of yard work. No matter what your plans are for the summer, every occasion - from catching lightning bugs to lounging on the beach - can be made better with an ice cold summer brew. But what makes a great summer beer?

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  • How Seasonal Beers Are Made

    If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ve probably learned a little bit about some of the seasonal beers that you can make at home with your own beer brewing kit. While it’s actually pretty easy to make these or any other style of beer using a homebrew kit, it may interest you to know a little bit more about how these seasonal favorites are made.

    If you happen to be up for a bit of a bigger project than usual, you can of course give these a try the old fashioned way – but of course you may just want to expand your base of brewing knowledge and make things easy on yourself by using a beer brewing kit and ready-made malt extracts and other ingredients to make these classic brews. As our examples, we’ll use four seasonal favorites. Continue reading

  • Autumn Home Brewing

    Autumn brings us more than the start of football season; as any beer lover knows, this is also a time of year which heralds the arrival of some great seasonal brews. If you’re a home brewer, you may want to try making some of these autumn beers at home with your beer brewing kit. There are several different styles of beer which are associated with this time of year, largely because of the harvest season – and for those so inclined, autumn is also a great time to brew up some hard cider. Continue reading

  • How To Choose The Best Ingredients For Home Brewing

    beer brewing ingredientsBrewing your own beer is an exciting experience; you learn a lot about beer and of course, the end result is a batch of your favorite beverage.  There’s a lot to learn, but having a kit to work with makes it easy to get started. However, after your first batch when you’ll most likely use the ingredients included with your home brew kit, you’ll need to start learning more about beer ingredients and more importantly, how to choose high quality ingredients to use in your home brewing projects.

    There are of course, only four ingredients in most beers: water, malted barley (or in the case of some beers, barley is substituted with other grains), yeast and hops. While the basic ingredients don’t vary all that much from one beer to the next, the kind and quality of ingredients you use can make all the difference in the world. For that reason, choosing wisely is essential. Continue reading

  • A Few Tips For Brewing High Alcohol Beer

    Sometimes you just want to make a beer that has more of a kick than the average brew. Fortunately, you have a beer brewing kit; so you can make literally any kind of beer you could ever want and that includes high alcohol beer. In fact, it’s actually easier to make high alcohol beer than you might think, but you’ll need some basic equipment in order to get started: namely, a beer brewing kit and the usual ingredients, water, hops, malt and yeast. Continue reading

  • How Temperature Affects Wine And Beer During Fermentation

    Having one of the new, easy-to-use wine making kits or a beer brewing kit is a very exciting thing for anyone who loves beer or wine. Being able to make your own wine and beer at home lets you make some of your favorites and discover new ones, all while learning a lot more about how it’s done.

    There are some variables in the process that every beginning vintner and home brewer needs to be aware of in order to ensure that their creations turn out as they intended. Temperature is one of the most important of these factors. Continue reading

  • An Introduction To Seasonal Beers

    Whether you’re a novice or an old hand at home brewing, it’s always interesting to make something a little different from the traditional lagers and ales – so why not explore seasonal beers? There’s one (or more) for every season. Keep reading for a brief introduction to some of the most popular seasonal brews. Continue reading

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